Heraklion launches project pilots to boost sustainable mobility in the city

  • Implemented by EIT Urban Mobility, the aim of the project is the pilot operation for six months (until Easter 2024) of 13 automated and secure parking stations (two different types)
  • The initiative promises to redefine the urban landscape and improve the quality of life for Heraklion residents
  • The kick-off event of the project was held last 3 December in an open event to present the solution to the citizenship

The Greek city of Heraklion launched the project pilot of #ChallengeMyCity looking to improve the accessibility and sustainability of its urban mobility ecosystem by creating micromobility hubs through secure bicycle parking and controlling parking spaces for persons with reduced mobility (PRM) and logistics.


The Department of Traffic & Communications of the Directorate of Technical Projects & Meleton decided to implement the project that is part of its wider policy (safe bike racks, bike paths, etc.) to strengthen the use of the bicycles as a means of movement and to reduce traffic in the context of Heraklion’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.

The project aims to elevate active mobility, focusing on micromobility and bike mobility. The objective is to deploy secure and sustainable bike and kick-scooter parking infrastructure at strategically selected points throughout the city. These hubs, featuring a flexible modular design accommodating 4 to 10 bicycles and e-bikes, cater to both spontaneous parking and charging requirements for registered users. These infrastructure enhancements are envisioned to enhance the overall quality of life for Heraklion’s residents, contribute meaningfully to climate change mitigation efforts, and foster a more robust and dependable urban mobility sector. Two innovative solution providers have been selected for funding in this project:

  • Rastel.io will deliver 10 units to be installed outside the old town. These smart and secure bike parking hubs come equipped with e-bike charging capabilities and can be accessed through the Rastel.io mobile app.

  • DonCicleto will provide 3 units to be installed in the old town. The Bikehangar, their modular and scalable bike and scooter parking solution, offers protection against vandalism, inclement weather, and theft.

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The city of Madrid implements five urban mobility solutions thanks to the #ChallengeMyCity programme.

Designed by EIT Urban Mobility, #ChallengeMyCity is an innovative programme implemented in Madrid, after successful pilots in Toulouse (France) and Milano (Italy). The programme is designed to promote sustainable mobility and encourage citizens to use alternative transportation methods. It enables European cities to test innovative mobility solutions that target their needs and can be integrated into their long-term mobility strategy. Over 10 innovative solutions have already been implemented through #ChallengeMyCity in Milano, Toulouse, and Madrid.

The programme works by providing incentives for citizens to switch from driving to alternative transportation methods, such as public transport, cycling and walking. By encouraging citizens to switch from driving to alternative transportation, the programme has helped to reduce the number of cars on the roads, which in turn has led to a decrease in harmful emissions. Overall, the #ChallengeMyCity programme has been a successful initiative in Madrid. 

Five start-ups – Vadebike, Solum, SmartPoint, Dashfactor and Vianova – three of them Spanish, and a total of seven projects, have been selected through an open competition at European level whose objective is to implement these services in open mobility environments over the next six months. These projects will collect anonymised data on their use and will analyse the environmental, economic, and social benefits they can bring to each city.

With the success of the programme in Madrid in 2022, the programme will be implemented in Braga, Vitoria and Greece in 2023. 

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